France to deploy 89,000 security force troops to counter planned Saturday protest

France to deploy 89,000 security force troops to counter planned Saturday protest
Fuel tax protest on the Champs-Elysees. YouTube, Le Parisien video

[Ed. – This after Macron has announced he will abandon his fuel tax increase to appease the protesters.  There will also reportedly be at least two dozen armored vehicles.  Perhaps most ominously, the Eiffel Tower is to be closed – on Saturday.]

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 89,000 members of the security forces would be deployed nationwide on Saturday, including 8,000 in Paris, where armored vehicles will also be out on the streets.

“We are facing people who are not here to protest, but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein,” Philippe told TF1 television’s evening news program on Thursday, revising an earlier figure of 65,000 forces.

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